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An Alternative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

by Janet Pomeroy, President, Green Chamber of Commerce *

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has come under fierce criticism for its 
opposition to environmental protection, its massive campaign contributions 
to candidates who are decidedly non-green, and its pledge to litigate 
against financial reform.

The U.S. Chamber has launched numerous attacks on environmental legislation 
as they oppose any move to support a more progressive energy policy. The 
Chamber’s opposition to congressional measures to reduce global warming has 
even led some large corporations to withdraw their memberships, including 
Pacific Gas and Electric, Exelon Corporation, and Apple, while Nike resigned 
from its board of directors.

It is clear that U.S. Chamber’s policies not only sabotage environmental 
protection, but do not accurately represent the interests of many 
businesses. Large corporations who have embraced corporate social 
responsibility are separating themselves from the U.S. Chamber.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to this antiquated view on business: 
the Green Chamber of Commerce, which challenges outdated and discredited 
opposition to business and the environment. The Green Chamber believes that 
environmental responsibility and sound business practice are not only 
compatible, but that green business is good business. With this premise, the 
Green Chamber supports public policies that encourage green business.

The Green Chamber embraces the “triple bottom line” of “people, planet, 
profit.” The idea is that business should provide for human and 
environmental needs with the goal of stimulating economic development.

If you are disappointed with the U.S. Chamber’s longstanding opposition to 
better environmental policy, consider joining the Green Chamber of Commerce.

* Retrieved from the Internet on May 31, 2011, at